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ECRI Report, (fifth monitoring cycle). Published on 25 February 2014

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Monitoring body


ECRI | European Commission against Racism and Intolerance | Council of Europe

Main Thematic Focus

Racism & xenophobia Discrimination Ethnic profiling

Target Population

Muslims Migrants Ethnic minorities People with migrant background Refugees & asylum seekers

Key findings

ECRI considers that current statistics do not permit an assessment of the extent of racism and homo/transphobia. The huge disparities between official and civil society figures should lead the police and judicial authorities in the first instance to question their statistics on racism. They should also consider whether the judicial system is sufficiently accessible for victims of racism and homo/transphobia. • Problem with the statistics measuring hate speech.
The most conspicuous source of hate speech is the extreme right wing, and particularly the National Democratic Party (NPD). And it is represented in the parliaments of the Länder of Saxony and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

The working methods for the preparation of the reports involve documentary analyses, a visit to the country concerned, and then a confidential dialogue with the national authorities.

Sample details and representativeness

ECRI’s reports are analyses based on a great deal of information gathered from a wide variety of sources.

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